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HHWA hots up, organisers fete nominees in three cities

Artquake with Vanguard Editor, Mideno Bayagbon

By Lolade Sowoolu and
OpeOluwani Akintayo

It’s two weeks to  D-day and nominees are intensifying their campaign for votes on popular social networking sites:  Facebook and Twitter. Organisers of the urbane music award in Nigeria, Smooth Productions, have disclosed that this year’s nominees party will take place in three cities across the country.

At a courtesy visit paid by some nominees and officials of the Hip Hop World Awards (HHWA) to the Lagos office of Vanguard Media Limited last week, head of the delegation, Mr Kingsley James, elaborated on the preparedness of organisers to stage this year’s ceremony in grand splendour and in Lagos.

He said, “We explored the International Conference Centre in Abuja last year and we’ve fully utilised the venue. This year, we’re bringing the awards back to Lagos where it first debuted. We’ve never had any problem with security and even LASTMA is involved. There are going to be limos which will carry the nominees to the venue. In short, our stars are going to be given first class treatment on the D-day.”

Even though, a lot more essential details were concealed under the umbrella of suspense, the delegates managed to reveal that thie 2010 nominees’ party will hold in Ilorin, Abuja and Lagos, on the 20th, 21st and 27th of this month and in this order.

An inside source however divulged that there isn’t likely to be a celebrated theme song for this year’s event unlike the last edition where organisers went as far as having New York based Nigerian film maker, Kemi Adetiba (who doubled as event co-host), shoot a video for the theme song performed by talented singer Banky W and rappers Kel and M.I.

The HHWA which was conceived ‘to reward artistes with genuine artistic talent’ is entering into its fifth year and the annual contest for the 24-Karat plated headies (as the HHWA trophy is called) is a brain child of Ayo Animashaun; CEO Smooth Productions. It’s a battle for ‘Power. Pride (and) Prestige’.

The nominees who visited the Vanguard office were Artquake, Knighthouse, Terry Tha Rapman and Kefee; each having more than one nomination. They expressed their optimism and expectations for the May 29 award in the following ways:


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